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2016 Flood Information and Resources

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We have set up a dedicated email account help@lpma.net for our members to communicate about their personal as well as practice needs. As you are able to access your situation, please let us know what you need.
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Resources:

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Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) is DHH's volunteer management program. LAVA volunteers have assisted during several recent disasters and events, including hurricanes and Mardi Gras. Please consider signing up with LAVA at https://lava.dhh.louisiana.gov.

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AFTER THE FLOOD:
  • If your home, apartment or business has suffered damage, call the insurance company or agent who handles your flood insurance policy right away to file a claim.

  • Before entering a building, check for structural damage.  Don't go in if there is any chance of the building collapsing.

  • Upon entering the building, do not use matches, cigarette lighters or any other open flames, since gas may be trapped inside.  Instead, use a flashlight to light your way.

  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.

  • Flood waters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms and factories. If your home has been flooded, protect your family’s health by cleaning up your house right away.  Throw out foods and medicines that may have come into contact with flood water.

  • Until local authorities proclaim your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and food preparation vigorously for five minutes before using.

  • Be careful walking around.  After a flood, steps and floors are often slippery with mud and covered with debris, including nails and broken glass.

  • Take steps to reduce your risk of future floods.  Make sure to follow local building codes and ordinances when rebuilding, and use flood-resistant materials and techniques to protect yourself and your property from future flood damage.
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More information on recovering after floods:

One of the most important things that you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to purchase a flood insurance policy. You can obtain one through your insurance company or agent. Flood insurance is guaranteed through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Your homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

Don't wait until a flood is coming to purchase your policy. It normally takes 30 days after purchase for a flood insurance policy to go into effect.

For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and flood insurance, contact your insurance company or agent, or call the NFIP at 1-888-CALL-FLOOD, ext. 445.
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It’s never too early to begin removing flooded debris and taking charge of your recovery.

la clean upHere are some tips to dispose flooded debris safely and speed up removal:

  • First speak with your insurance adjuster. Contact information for your insurance company may be found on the Louisiana Department of Insurance website:www.ldi.la.gov/onlineservices/ActiveCompanySearch
  • Also speak with your local officials for any specific instructions they may have. Also notify them of any damage if you haven’t done so already. Contact information for your parish emergency management officials may be found online: GOHSEP.la.gov/about/parishpa
  • Take lots of pictures of flood damage and keep disaster-related receipts.
  • Place debris curbside. Debris cannot be collected on private property.
  • Do not prop up debris against trees and utility poles or place in the vicinity of fire hydrants and utility boxes. That makes it more difficult for cleanup crews to collect.
  • Debris should be separated into the following six categories:
    • Household garbage such as discarded food, packaging and papers.
    • Construction debris such as building materials, carpeting, furniture and mattresses.
    • Vegetation debris such as tree branches and leaves.
    • Household hazardous waste such as batteries, paints and cleaning supplies.
    • White goods such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, water heaters and air conditioners.
    • Electronics such as televisions, stereo equipment and computers.

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